Aussie Farmers Foundation is a non-profit charity registered with – and regulated by – the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) that helps rural and regional communities in need.

As a Public Ancillary Fund we are set up to give grants to eligible charities who are running projects in rural and regional communities, funded by donations to the Foundation. We are not able to provide grants to individuals or families directly.

Our reporting period runs over the financial year July 1 to June 30. As with all charities in Australia, we incur costs to run our operations. Further, we are not a volunteer run organisation and our expenses include overheads and staff resources, and costs associated with running granting programs and meeting legal obligations. As a registered charity, our financials are listed on the ACNC website.

Click on these links to the ACNC for further information about administration costs and managing reserves.

With drought affecting much of eastern Australia and February’s devastating floods in Queensland, the majority of our granting in the 2018-19 financial year has supported disaster relief and recovery projects.

In August 2018, we granted $15,000 to the Tackling Tough Times Together drought program to support affected communities in NSW and Queensland. Tackling Tough Times Together – run by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal – provides grants for community-led projects that aim to relieve current stressors and symptoms of drought, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future. Read more details here.

In September 2018, we followed up with a $15,000 grant to Foodbank’s campaign to help communities in NSW and Queensland impacted by drought under our Meals for Mates rural food relief partnership. Read more details here.

In October 2018 – to support the mental health and wellbeing of farming communities – we donated $20,000 to Lifeline, to support Lifeline Central West NSW’s Gatekeeper Training program and Lifeline Gippsland’s Farmer Mentor Program. In addition, $15,000 has been donated to the Australian Red Cross’ Community Drought Support Program targeting NSW and Queensland and $15,000 to support Aussie Helpers’ Virtual Psychologist program.

In December 2018, a total of $10,500 was donated across three states via Foodbank Vic, Foodbank NSW & ACT and Foodbank Queensland to support their drought and Christmas food relief campaigns in rural communities.

To support farming communities devastated by the unprecedented monsoonal floods in north west Queensland in February 2019, a total of $20,000 was split equally between Drought Angels and GIVIT to provide relief in the aftermath of the floods.

In the past three years, some of the projects funded by the Aussie Farmers Foundation include:

• Meals for Mates program with Foodbank Australia to deliver 1 million meals to rural and regional Australians facing food insecurity.
• Grassroots grant projects funded across Australia in 2017 and 2018 include Careflight’s MediSim workshops for first responders, Albury Wodonga Regional Foodshare’s project to help reduce on-farm food waste and support food insecure families, Rural Aid’s farm rescue program in Qld, NSW and Vic, Barrier Breakers Mental Health First Aid training in Gippsland, Rural Minds mental health workships in WA, Life Education NSW’s ‘Healthy Harold’ program in Broken Hill and Wentworth; and Farm Management workshops in SA’s south east and Eyre Peninsula.
• The $50,000 Rural Hero grant was awarded in 2017 to Reading out of Poverty to operate Pop Up Libraries in small Victorian communities without access to library services and in 2016 to Royal Far West’s Healthy Kids Bus Stop delivering vital health checks to pre-primary school age children in NSW.
• Supported future leaders in agriculture and the promotion of Australian agriculture in primary and secondary schools via our core partner Art4Agriculture’s ‘Archibull’ prize and Young Farming Champions programs.
• Distributed over 2,600 Christmas meal boxes to people who might have otherwise missed out across Australia via our partnership with Foodbank Australia and Aussie Farmers Direct.

You can read more about our grants and activities here.